A Royal Navy search and rescue team from HMS Gannet in Prestwick enlisted the crew of the paddle steamer Waverley for a mock rescue exercise on Thursday.
The drill took place during the last of the paddler’s summer 2012 cruises from Rothesay to Largs, Millport, Brodick and the Arran coast.
On board was Rothesay resident Natalie Clifton, who told The Buteman: “The Sea King helicopter decided to do a mock rescue on to and from a very small area.
“They came in several times in attempt, and then wound the man down literally onto a postage stamp area on the deck.
“Apparently it is one of the smallest areas they drop and pick up from, and it was also a moving target as the boat slowed but kept moving.
“It was extremely accurate, and they managed to land the man right on to a small bit of passenger deck at the back, and the ship was full.
“It just highlighted the skill of these amazing rescuers.”